James Lipton, the longtime host of the popular talk show Inside The Actors’ Studio, has passed away at the age of 93.
His wife, Kedakai Turner, confirmed to TMZ that Lipton died at home in New York City Monday morning (March 2) after a bout with bladder cancer. Of her husband, Turner said, “There are so many James Lipton stories but I’m sure he would like to be remembered as someone who loved what he did and had tremendous respect for all the people he worked with.”
Born in Detroit in 1926, Lipton was a writer and actor himself, with numerous soap operas and a few Bob Hope comedy specials under his belt. In 1994, Lipton launched the Actors Studio Drama School, a graduate program associated with The New School in New York City. That same year, he launched his hit TV series, serving as the flagship show for the Bravo network. Lipton would serve as host for 22 seasons, appearing in over 250 episodes, until his retirement in 2018.